Feb. 13, 2010
WILLIMANTIC, CT-Host Eastern Connecticut State outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's basketball team in the second half, 45-33, and went on to defeat the Corsairs, 85-66, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at Geissler Gymnasium Saturday.
Senior forward Brandon Shelton (Cambridge, MA/Cambridge Rindge & Latin HS/UMass Lowell) connected from the field four times in the first 3:10 as UMass Dartmouth seized an early 14-6 lead. But the Warriors used a 12-2 run to take their first lead at 18-16, then outscored the Corsairs, 16-4 late in the first half to open up a 34-22 advantage with 3:11 to play. ECSU led by a dozen points with one minute left in the first half, but a pair of free throws by senior forward V.J. Divine (Brookline, MA/Brookline HS) and a three-pointer by junior forward Brandon Stephens (Dorchester, MA/Newton North HS) allowed UMass Dartmouth to cut the margiun to 40-33 at halftime.
The Warriors got a lay-up and a three-pointer from Edwin Ortz and three lay-ups from Bill Roveto as they used a 13-3 run at the start of the second half to take a 53-36 lead with 16:01 remainimg. The Corsairs never got closer than 14 points for the remainder of the game.
Sophomore center Lance Greene (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown HS/UMass Lowell) led UMass Dartmouth with 26 points, making none of shots from the field. Shelton added 12 points, and Stephens contributed 10. Jamie Kohn led Eastern with 21 points, Roveto had 18, Ortiz added 16 and Broderick Sawyer contriuted 10. Greene led UMD with six rebounds, but Kohn grabbed 10 for the Warriors, who out rebounded UMass Dartmouth, 44-23. ECSU made 56.5 per cent of their shots from the field to 42.6 per cent for the Corsairs.
"It was a very disappointing loss," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Brian Baptiste. "We didn't shoot the ball well, we didn't defend well, and we played poorly overall. They played better than we did, they ran their offense well, and they defended us well. They were the better team today, and they deserved to win."
The Corsairs dropped to 16-7 and 8-4 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Warriors improved to 16-7 and 8-4 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Rhode Island College in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening.